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Our Right to Vote

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By Guest Blogger Emily, Arkansas

My 18th birthday will always be memorable, mostly because of the surprise party my mother and my best friend threw in my honor. Dinner and cake, family and friends—it was a great party. But, as wonderful as the party was, it isn’t the most prominent memory from that day.  What I remember vividly is going after school to my county’s courthouse and walking into the county clerk’s office. The thought crossed my mind that less than a hundred years before, as a woman, my registering to vote would not have been possible. I wasn’t wasting any time!

When six young Kappa women banded together at Monmouth College in 1870, they faced a world much different than the one we live in today. Not allowed to vote, few women were even accepted as students in higher educational institutions. Fifty years after the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the 19th Amendment was ratified—only then were women given the right to vote in the United States. When we exercise our right to vote, we are honoring all of the Kappas and women who came before us to establish our right to vote.

My friends can attest that I am passionate about voting. The only time I missed Election Day was due to a bad case of strep throat. When I know I will be unable to vote the day of, I register for an absentee ballot. I see voting as a right and a privilege. I encourage you to join me and make your voice known. If you need a little incentive, just remember not so long ago women were battling for what we now take for granted!

If you are not registered to vote and would like more information, visit the United States Election Assistance Committee for U.S. citizens and the Elections Canada for Canadian citizens.

Posted by Blog Admin at 07/11/2014 12:10:36 PM | 

Dear EMILY ~

You should certainly be commended for registering to vote at age 18 and applauded for your passion about every American's Right to Vote. I, too, VOTE in every election!

My special memory was as a NJBPW (NJ Business & Professional Women) officer in "Passing the Torch" for the 75th Year Celebration of Women's Right to VOTE. We all met in Mt. Laurel, NJ, at the Historic home of Alice Paul, NJ suffergette.
Each participant carried a flashlight with an attached yellow torch flame as we marched. The memory still gives me goosebumps of pride for the women's VOTE struggle.

I was a career scientist, but it makes me feel good to stay informed about history, politics, women's studies, literature, and current events. Now as a science educator, I see the need for cross-departmental education of American students even more crucial. Please stay focused on the BIG USA picture. And KEEP VOTING :)

Gamma Psi Chapter, University of Maryland
Class of 1969 - Microbiology
Posted by: Sue K Herrmann ( Email ) at 11/12/2012 2:16 PM

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